Tammie Head illustrates how God works to bring joy into even the hardest holiday seasons.
It's not Thanksgiving yet, but I thought this was helpful. Turkey, tinsel, cookies, and presents are fun, but they're not what we need most. We need the hope—in the form of a newborn baby—that the celebration of Christmas brings to this broken world.
Does one of these steps John Piper derives from Scripture strike you as particularly needed in your struggle with sin? Ask for God's grace to apply it and believe it.
While everyone's family practice will be different, I thought some of these points were helpful to all of us, regardless of stage, as we seek to see the reality of Jesus at every turn of our day.
"So Christian, with zealotry on every heart and in every mind today, perhaps this is a time to ask about your own level of extremism. Are you eager to do good for others? Is this what motivates you? Is this the natural expression of your faith in Jesus Christ? Could it be said that you are a good works zealot? God calls you to nothing less."